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November 25, 2014 10 Comments By Patrick Worrall

There were gunshots, tear gas and burning buildings overnight in Ferguson, Missouri, after the news broke that a white policeman will not face criminal charges for shooting dead an unarmed black teenager.

Officer Darren Wilson claims he gunned down Michael Brown after the 18-year-old lunged at him and grabbed his pistol. Lawyers for Brown’s family say the young man was trying to surrender and had his hands up. Eyewitness accounts differ.

The issue has provoked angry accusations that police in the US are prone to use excessive force and target black people disproportionately. What does the evidence say?

25 fc ferguson r FactCheck: how many black Americans are killed by the police?

The analysis

There are a number of sources of official statistics on police killings in America. None of them is perfect, but all of them agree that black people are more likely to die at the hands of police officers than whites. (more…)

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November 21, 2014 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

If Ukip can win in Rochester, they can win anywhere, according to Nigel Farage. Could the rest of England turn purple next year?

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November 20, 2014 5 Comments By Patrick Worrall

A multinational is pouring money into the search for shale gas deep under the British countryside. But what are the real risks of “fracking”?

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November 18, 2014 5 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The average graduate is saddled with more than £40,000 of debt, according to research. Do you earn enough from a degree to make it worthwhile?

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November 14, 2014 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

David Cameron wants to cancel the passports of people suspected of fighting for groups like Islamic State. Is he going far enough?

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November 13, 2014 7 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Boris Johnson claims to have delivered record numbers of affordable homes. So why is housing still so expensive in London?

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November 5, 2014 16 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Do immigrants pay their way, or are they a drain on the economy? FactCheck looks at the latest evidence.

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November 3, 2014 4 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Manchester is getting more money and power. In return, George Osborne wants an elected mayor. Cynical politics or a good day for democracy.

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October 31, 2014 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The government says the European Arrest Warrant makes Britain safer. But some MPs hate it. Who’s right?

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October 30, 2014 7 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Went to a state school? Then you can expect to earn thousands less than a privately-educated colleague with the same qualifications.

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